Social Policy

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The funding of K-12 education in Illinois

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  • Peter Mulhall

Chapter 7 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an overview of K-12 education funding conditions entering 2008.


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Health and health care in Illinois

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  • Lorens Hälmchen

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2008

This report provides an overview of health policy in Illinois entering 2008.


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Racial residential segregation and the housing search process

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A new study on the housing search process adds to a growing body of research questioning the myth that racial minorities self-segregate.  A 2004-2005 survey of residents of the Chicago area touched on a variety of topics related to neighborhoods, preferences, and housing searches. The results revealed that whites, blacks and Latinos all prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods in which their group is the largest, but not the majority. Yet no group ends up doing so.


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #5

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  • Anna Colaner
  • Danny Lambouths, III

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #5 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their use of child-centered and teacher-directed approaches to learning, their engagement in specific reading and math activities, and their use of particular curricula. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #4

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  • Anna Colaner
  • Danny Lambouths, III

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #4 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their experiences with financial distress, including budget adequacy, worries about paying for space and staff, turnover of teachers and classrooms, raising center rates, and conditions of space and materials. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #3

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  • Anna Colaner

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #3 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their participation in various programs, including Head Start, Preschool for All, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Child Care Assistance Program (C-CAP), and Quality Counts as well as questions about their perceptions of these programs. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #2

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  • Anna Colaner

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #2 provides a basic description of the centers and directors, including the center’s organizational structure, the demographic makeup of teachers and children, and the education level and experience of the director. Because of the study’s focus on preschool, questions about children generally focused on three and four year olds and questions about teachers focused on classrooms comprised of those preschool-aged children. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Research Brief #2

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  • Anna Colaner

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #2 provides a basic description of the centers and directors, including the center’s organizational structure, the demographic makeup of teachers and children, and the education level and experience of the director. Because of the study’s focus on preschool, questions about children generally focused on three and four year olds and questions about teachers focused on classrooms comprised of those preschool-aged children. 


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Chicago Area Study 2012 Brief #1

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  • Anna Colaner

The 2012 Chicago Area Study surveyed 229 center directors in 33 ZIP Codes on the West and North sides of Chicago. We prepared a set of initial research briefs to disseminate basic study findings. This CAS 2012 Research Brief #1 summarizes the study goals and design and describes how we classified the 33 ZIP Codes into five types. 


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Summary of unanswered questions regarding infant mortality during adult-infant bedsharing

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  • Hillary L. Rowe

On May 20 in Washington DC, IGPA will host a brainstorming meeting regarding unanswered questions in the prevention of infant mortality, particularly risks related to adult-infant bed sharing.


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